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Hudson River Towns: What’s Old is New Again

If you haven’t taken a trip to the Historic Hudson Valley, do yourself a favor and go!

Once hives of industry – turning out everything from hats and boxes, to glue and batteries – the Hudson River towns fell victim to the economic downturn of the 1970’s. With their grand red brick factories shuttered, the once thriving towns were all but abandoned.

Fast forward to 2014, and there’s a true revival. The terraced shop fronts and foundries that have lain empty for decades are now being repurposed as hip general stores, artisanal bakeries, craft brew shops and spas.

It has been interesting to watch the new businesses transform the old districts into spaces that feel very modern. Something that’s caught my eye has been the on-trend branding that has gone a long way to draw visitors and boost the economy.